Wordy Winners of 2012

Working in a dictionary is all about words (obviously). Since we are loving languages here at bab.la, I wanted to check out if the winning words of 2012 were really worthy. They might have been worthy, but here are the runner-ups, just as wordy!

1. To start the list there is nothing more obvious for us than listing the runner-up for The Oxford Dictionary’ word of the year, “Eurogeddon”. Imagining that the winner “omnishambles” has received more than enough attention already! “Eurogeddon” is a pun on the the term “Armageddon”, which refers to any end of the world scenario, or in this case to the Euro-crisis – “eurogeddon”. A very wordy runner up, don’t you think?

2. Another wordy runner up is the Nokia “Lumia”. Why? Because Nokia’s new smartphone translates in Spanish slang to prostitute, which is unfortunate… Luckily the Lumia name does not have its origins in prostitution but in the partitive plural form of the word Lumi which means snow in the Finnish language.

3. The runner-up for the UGLIEST English word “pregnant”, measured by our Most Beautiful Word calculator, is “replication fork”. It might be wordy, though if you, as me, do not have a single clue what that might be – watch this video for a very descriptive, monotone explanation.

4. Words are not only to be searched in dictionaries! Hashtags are words or phrases prefixed with the symbol “#”, a form of metadata tagging. And the wordy runner-up after the most hashtagged word, #moscow, is #arsenal. I’m guessing this hashtag corresponds to tweets about the Arsenal Football Club of the English Premier League? I honestly thought #YOLO or #WTF would win this. Apparently Twitter attracts all the football fans too.

5. And last but not least to some of the most spoken words of the year. Unfortunately it has to be the following phrase: “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so call me, maybe?” Surprisingly though, it ISN’T the song winning the “weeks on chart” category. Call Me Maybe is the wordy winner after Gotye’s number one hit “Somebody that I used to know”! Not that it matters, since both of them seem to be never-ending earworm material… And apologies in case you are once again infected by these words.



These are just a few wordy winners of 2012. Do you know others? Share them with us, we would love to know 😀

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